In response to the mass sexual assaults in Cologne on New Year’s Eve, extreme right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders in a video speech called on the Netherlands to close its borders for “all asylum-seekers from Islamic countries,” saying that as long at this doesn’t happen, he proposes to “lock the male asylum seekers up in the asylum centers.” The populist Dutch politician, known for his anti-Islam and anti-immigration rhetoric, described the asylum seekers in his country as “Islamic testosterone bombs” who are waging a “sexual jihad.”
It is this brand of deeply troubling language that has helped him and his party (the PVV or Freedom Party) to surge in the polls, but will also see him stand trial in March for inciting racial hatred after he said in a local election he’d ensure there would be “fewer Moroccans” in the country. He was acquitted of hate speech once already, in 2011.
Further fanning the flames, after his video speech, Wilders handed out ‘resistance spray’ (a legal alternative to pepper spray which contains a red dye) to supporters at a party rally in the Dutch town of Spijkenisse. A group of 10 women protesters, who chanted ‘Wilders racist, not a feminist’ were briefly arrested for breaching the peace and failing to ask permission to hold their demonstration.